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Hey Everyone,

What is the best way to backup servers? Through the cloud or external HD ? Also what are the best affordable programs?

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Thanks for the info, is there a good imaging software for servers that aren't to expensive? I was able to do it with my regular pcs with the window backup
As I already mentioned, the builtin tool works fine. It is an imaging backup tool, at least with current Windows Server OS's, and also Paragon is an imaging backup tool.
As rindi said you do not need any imaging SW. you can backp with build-in Windows Backup. It support bare-metal backuping.
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Sounds like great suggestions, I just need an "image" in case it decides to die
If he dies. You Put your server installation in the new server. The server Will ask you. Install or repair. you choose repair. Next he Will ask you where is your full backup. You enter the destination. After the restore is complete you have your server back.
The built in backup tool does an image backup. You can restore it via booting from the OS installation DVD.

Another option, also free, is CloneZilla. But you have to boot to the CloneZilla media, you can't run it from within Windows. It is included on the PCRepix LiveDVD. If you boot to the DVD first open GParted, with this tool you can look at the disks and partitions. If it sees all the individual disks rather than the RAID arrays, it might not work, but if it sees the array, then there should be no problems. Generally though it works with most known RAID controllers and so there should be no problems, and also if you used Software RAID it should recognize that an work.

http://pcrepix.sourceforge.net
copying the local backup to a cloud provider is a good idea, imagine you were in New Orleans during Katrina..
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Do you have any good cloud suggestions?